Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hello to YOU

The oh-so-talented Evan Cooper
took my head-shot so I can later redesign
my blog and look a bit more legit. :)

On the drive to our honeymoon, Brad howled in laughter as he read aloud from my childhood diaries.  He'd plucked them from the top of moving boxes as we loaded our car for the beach.  I remember gripping the steering wheel and turning beat red as he belted out dramatic and ridiculous thoughts from childhood and teenage me.  It embarrassing for your private thoughts -- even childhood thoughts -- to be broadcast to even an audience of one.  But mostly, I remember how much fun we had.  My husband of twenty four hours quickly met the me of years past.  My trivial thoughts served a better purpose shared with him than shut inside dusty books.

That's how I feel about blogging.  My testimonies and God-experiences are better spoken than silenced.  God's stories in my life are not my stories at all, but God's, for His glory.  Friends sometimes question whether it's a good idea to air my inmost self to the world.  And I sometimes blush when an acquaintance mentions finding my blog through Facebook.  (Ironic, since I am the one to link it on Facebook.)  It's easier to write honestly if I pretend I'm sending these thoughts into anonymous cyberspace.

Evan rocks.


But all blogs have readership.  And aside from the occasional red face, I treasure every person who crosses the threshold of my little web home... even those who do so anonymously.  I am glad I have readers.  YOU, each and every one of you, give me hope that my words mean something, minister to someone.  I imagine you as I write... 
parents close to deciding to adopt, 
adoptive mamas waiting to bring home children, 
mamas with children home blessing and driving them crazy, 
single girls who check in to read what it means to WAIT on whatever God's plans are, 
fellow Christians who want to be encouraged, 
not-yet Christians who are wondering what God's way is all about.

Sometimes, I share my own sin here.  I do so because I want EVERY reader to knowGod's people are no more special than any other people.  We're broken, rotten, losers and liars.  EXCEPT.  Except for God's grace.  The one thing we have going for us means EVERYTHING.  We've been given grace through the cross of Christ, and God sees us as though we are Jesus Himself... which boggles my mind and sends me falling at the feet of the Throne in worship.  I want you to know that same grace is available to you.

I've never really said "hi" to all of you.

"Hi."

(slightly different)


Many of you are friends and family who come here simply to support me as I pursue writing and ministry.  I know how blessed I am to call you mine.

Some of you I've never met.  Sometimes, you email me to introduce yourself. I love that.  But it's okay if you never say a word.

I just want you all to know that I think about you.  If you ever need prayer, it'd be my honor to pray with you.  Since this blog has a relatively small readership, I can offer that.

If you ever have things you wish I'd address in a post... well, that would just make my day.  But I know that's asking a lot, and you all think about more things than this little blog.

But the writer of this little blog thinks about you, even if it can only be in a general sense.  Thanks for stopping by.  Having you here is one of my joys each day.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say hi back. I have enjoyed your blog so much and it was fun to know you think of us that you do not know, even though you do not know us. ha God has blessed you with being able to pinpoint thoughts that I have and still being able to express them. Thank you for this. You have a beautiful family, and I appreciate also how open you are. I tend to keep things to myself, and wonder why I think such deep thoughts when I can not share them. Or when I try to share and can not get it out right. May God bless you and your family, and know you are thought about and prayed for even if we can not express it very well. In Christ alone we Live. And Others, always Others ♥

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, and always look forward to a new post! Thanks for saying hi!

Bethany (Kayla Agans's sister)

RACHEL said...

Hi again Bethany!!! I hope to see your sister again at the Created for Care conference! If you can get away from your precious baby, you should join her! :) I'd love to meet you!

And thanks to you who left the sweet comment at the top. So thoughtful.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

Nice meeting you. I sometimes question what I put on the blog, too, but it's so much easier typing it then confessing to friends...okay, and God.

Thanks for linking up to Mommy and Me Monday. Please let me know if you are having issues grabbing the button. I've heard from a couple people about blogger buttons.

Hannah Elisabeth said...

i'm one of those 'single girls' reading :) i have such a desire to adopt someday, something that has been on my heart since i was a young girl and my family went through an adoption process (that ended sadly without us getting our sweet girl) & i have found so much encouragement in reading your blog and seeing your sweet girls!!

RACHEL said...

Hannah, thank you so much for saying hello! I hope you are blessed to adopt someday.

(You see how much I love having done it... I can't stop talking about it!)

I pray God gives you the desires of your heart. :)